Football is the most popular game in the world with most of its players under the age brackets of teens and youths. This greatly promotes physical fitness, fun and friendship among all age groups.
Like other games, people can experience painful injuries in football that can take them out of the game and also give them long lasting injuries. The good news is that injuries to children/teenagers has a higher speed and chance of healing and allows them get back to initial shape.
Below are the possible football injuries often experienced by children/teenagers.
Football Injuries For Children
The following are the injuries often experienced by children/teenagers during football games
- Sprains and strains
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Dislocated joints
- Torn ligaments
Sprains And Strains
Sprains and strains are one of the most commonly seen traumatic injuries in football children, with sprains caused by traumas to the joints and strains resulting from overuse of muscles and tendons. Ankle sprain is the most common.
The most common signs and symptoms of sprains and strains include pain, swelling, bruising, and decreased range of motion while the first aid treatment includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation(RICE).
Bone Fractures And Breaks
Another common injury in football for children/teenagers is bone fractures and breaks which always involve the growth plates located at the ends of most bones until the player reaches skeletal maturity. Fractures are more frequent in children below 15years of age, and occurs mainly at the foot, wrist, clavicle and fingers.
Some of these fractures can be treated nonoperatively with casts or splints. Those fractures with displacement often require surgical reduction and fixation to achieve a favorable long-term prognosis.
Dislocation occurs when the end of bones are forced out or shifted from their normal positions. It happens in the joints — a place where two or more bones come together. The high physicality in football games and collision rates makes dislocation possible, and the ankle, shoulder, elbow joints been the most affected.
Ligament injuries are also very common, the ACL ( anterior cruciate ligament) is the most affected. This is because he high-velocity, change in direction, pivots and rotation of lower extremities movement involved can affect the function and stability of an ACL.
Reinjury often occurs when young athletes return to the game or a high training level before an injury heals completely.